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You have no power over me.

Posted by ALmod on August 9, 2007

A girl has been through a long journey in a strange world ruled by a cruel king. She’s fought hardship after hardship to get to this point. Her freedom and the freedom of her baby brother are at stake. She is almost there, but the king stands in her way. All she has to do is keep moving forward, and as the king bargains with her and threatens her, she makes the realization. She knows why he was bargaining and threatening and stalling. “You have no power over me.”

Thus ends one of my favorite childhood movies, Labyrinth. But there is a lesson to be learned, and it was the first thing I thought of when things in Argo started heating up.

You see, there are a few people who have run Argo (and Springville, at times) for many years. The same names keep popping up in a lot of places– addressing the Springville City Council and making accusations and intervening in court cases. That should be a clue as to who has the most to lose and who has been pulling the strings this whole time.

One thing is certain. Someone approached the young son of Springville’s Mayor Buckner in a threatening manor. There is at least one witness to that. It has shaken the mayor, and suddenly those questions of exactly what happened when several elected officials in Argo mysteriously resigned are revisited. Nobody knows who did it except for those involved, but we do know what side they were on. We know they were desperate, or at least I would rather think they were desperate than to look at the alternatives. Why else would someone threaten a child?

This is nothing less than common thuggery. These are the kind of people who wish to run this town, or at least to have it run their way. And people would rather hide in the shadows or give up than to fight them tooth and nail. Some in Springville choose to ignore what’s going on, but I’m telling you now that if these people win, it will affect you. It already has. All it should have taken for you to realize this is one look at your mayor and council during their last meeting. Is that how you want your city run? Do you want your city leaders to be influenced by the type of people who would threaten a kid? Better yet, do you want your leaders’ children to be threatened, whether it influences them or not? What kind of council and mayor would that produce in time, when those who put their families first will no longer run? Wake up Springville! Shutting these people down is in your best interest, as well!

Bullies and thugs are all about control. Under normal circumstances, there is nothing they can really do to you, but that false sense of fear will do in a pinch. They know this, and it’s why they’ve been fighting so hard against giving the people the power of the vote. Do you really want them to have taxpayer money backing them? People of Argo and Springville, you have your freedom. All you have to do is keep going after it. Judge Robinson has just given you an opportunity. Take it. If the thugs and bullies come your way, you’ll know the truth. They have no power over you. If you want to stop them, all you have to do is show them that you know that.


One Response to “You have no power over me.”

  1. Kathy said

    Well said! These people are terrified of losing power, but that will never excuse threatening other people, particularly a child. They should be ashamed.

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